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DSL Forum consortium changes name

DSL Forum has existed since 1994 starting as ADSL Forum, and now as the global broadband market alters it is rebranding to reflect its involvement in a lot more than just the DSL marketplace. The global consortium of some 200 companies and bodies will now be known as Broadband Forum.

The Broadband Forum exists as a body capable of putting forward global standards for ADSL, SHDSL and ADSL2+ test suites. It is moving towards a complete test suite for VDSL2 in 2009. Further to this in the last few years it has spread to cover areas like IPTV and fibre deployments and interoperability issues around the digital home.

"Broadband has already changed lives considerably since our organization first began in 1994 - but now the world stands on the brink of a giant leap forward in converged communications,...
For some time now, we have been dealing with much more than DSL, ...
Yet we discovered that because of the DSL in our name, many of our specifications that are access agnostic, management related or provide solutions to broader broadband issues, were being missed by the standards community because they mistakenly thought our work was just DSL specific.

George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of The Broadband Forum

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